Historic Racoon Island

racoon island, boat house, lake

When the temp reaches 95 and the humidity curls my hair into an unmanageable frizz, it's always good to have friends who invite you to their lake house! Historic Racoon Island on Lake Hopatcong is less than an hour from my house but feels like it's worlds away. My friends bought a 1903 cottage on Racoon Island New Jersey around 15 years ago … [Read more...]


A Day at Duke Farms


  It's not called the Garden State for nothing. Smack dab in the middle of New Jersey, on the Raritan River, lies Duke Farms. The former home of James Buchanan Duke, and then his daughter Doris Duke, who left the 2,700 acre estate to the people as well as to be a place for conservation research.  (That pic above - it's the old horse … [Read more...]


Communing with Nature – in New Jersey?!


I'm sure you've heard all the stereotypes about New Jersey. I mean, we've got Snooki so I understand completely! But there's another side to Jersey ... Within 1/2 hour, I can ski, be in the thick of things in NYC, collect shells on a beautiful beach or commune with nature. Which is just what I did this … [Read more...]